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Judging a book through its cover | MIT News

MIT researchers and their colleagues are designing an imaging system that can read closed books.

In the latest issue of Nature Communications, the researchers describe a prototype of the system, which they tested on a stack of papers, each with one letter printed on it. The system was able to correctly identify the letters on the top nine sheets.

“The Metropolitan Museum in New York showed a lot of interest in this, because they want to, for example, look into some antique books that they don’t even want to touch,” says Barmak Heshmat, a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab and corresponding author on the new paper. He adds that the system could be used to analyze any materials organized in thin layers, such as coatings on machine parts or pharmaceuticals.

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Press Release: National Geographic Kids and Put Me in the Story Offer New Personalized Books – Book Business

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — May 16, 2016 — Put Me In The Story, the #1 personalized books site in the United States, is partnering with National Geographic Kids to create two personalized educational books for kids National Geographic Little Kids Book of Dinosaurs and National Geographic Little Kids Book of Animals, available now on PutMeInTheStory.com.

“Put Me In The Story is an ideal partnership, offering a new and creative way for kids to interact with our content,” said Erica Green, vice president and editorial director at National Geographic Kids Books.

In National Geographic Little Kids Book of Dinosaurs and National Geographic Little Kids Book of Animals, children will learn about their favorite animals and dinosaurs and be asked direct questions to help them connect, relate to, and learn about each creature.

“We are delighted to begin this partnership with National Geographic Kids,” said Dominique Raccah, CEO and publisher of Sourcebooks, Inc., which created Put Me In The Story. “Their dedication to the education of children is something we treasure. Together, we have created books that will ignite children’s curiosity and fascination with animals, nature, and the world through reading.

”Each book can be personalized with a child’s name on the cover and throughout the book, photos, and a dedication message. Plus, at the end, kids can fill out a personalized activities section about their favorite animals or dinosaurs.

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The Future of Ebook Annotations Is Near & the Possibilities Are Endless – Book Business

Hypothes.is’s Dan Whaley and EPUB.js lead developer Fred Chasen envision a future where consumers can participate in ongoing and real-time discussions within the ebooks they’re reading.

“The typical experience with digital books these days is pretty terrible,” said Dan Whaley, CEO of Hypothes.is, during the opening remarks of an IDPF DigiCon session on Wednesday. “We can read books on a Kindle, tablet, and online and that’s great, but our ability to collaborate with other people while doing that is essentially nonexistent.”

Ebook annotations would change that, said Whaley during a discussion titled, “Annotating All Books: How Web Annotations Will Transform Reading.” Ebook annotations add a layer of conversation on top of book content, allowing readers to discuss that book with other readers in real-time. And annotations are very close to becoming a permanent part of both the EPUB standard and the open web publishing standard, thanks to a partnership between Hypothes.is, EPUB.js, and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Annotations span a number of use cases, said Whaley, including copy-editing, collaborative research, pre-publication peer review, use in book clubs, citation, and more. There are applications for every facet of book publishing, said Whaley, from trade to scholarly segments. The goal is to create a way for readers to discuss a book digitally, in real-time, and on any platform or device.

Hypothes.is has partnered with the developers of EPUB.js, an open standard for publishing books online, and the W3C to make annotation a permanent feature of EPUB and the open web. Fred Chasen, lead developer of EPUB.js, says that ebooks are especially ripe for annotation because unlike websites, they have multiple identifiers, like the ISBN, book title, author, publish date, and language. “All of this information allows us to anchor annotations to certain instances of the book,” explained Chasen. “It gives us something more than a single URL when we’re trying to anchor annotations, which is great.”

Source: The Future of Ebook Annotations Is Near & the Possibilities Are Endless – Book Business

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What the Inventor of the World Wide Web Sees for the Future of Ebooks – Book Business

Sir Tim Berners-Lee shares four qualities that will define open and interoperable ebooks of the future during his keynote at IDPF DigiCon 2016 @ BEA. Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989 with the goal of making content on the internet interoperable and accessible, and today it is the primary way that people access the internet. Berners-Lee, keynote speaker at IDPF DigiCon @ BEA 2016, has a similar vision for the ebook and believes that publishers can utilize open web standards to interlink ebook content and share ebooks seamlessly across a host of devices and screens. Using the open web standard HTML 5, ebooks can assume a near-limitless number of forms. “What happens on the page is completely up to your imagination,” said Berners-Lee.

As ebook standards like EPUB 3 further align with open web standards, ebooks will transcend their containers, continued Berners-Lee. “The kind of coding you see in ebooks may also be used in cars, on screens of all kinds.” This is the future he argued publishers should be working towards.

The merging of ebook and web standards could occur faster than many in the industry may have anticipated, thanks to the possible merger of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). Berners-Lee, director of the W3C and Bill McCoy, executive director of the IDPF, announced this possible partnership at the close of the keynote. “It’s not a done deal,” said McCoy, “We are still exploring it.” Today, during the IDPF Open Member Meeting, members will discuss this potential merger and share their input.

Source: What the Inventor of the World Wide Web Sees for the Future of Ebooks – Book Business

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Oasis is lightest and thinnest Kindle yet

If you’ve ever held a Kindle Paperwhite or Voyage e-reader, you’ve probably never thought “Boy, I wish this thing could be lighter and thinner.” The fact is, both readers are already comfortable to hold and use, and can pack in thousands of books in their slim form factors. But clearly the engineers at Amazon felt there was room for improvement and today they announced the Kindle Oasis, the thinnest and brightest Kindle yet.

In terms of the thinner claim, there is a part of the Oasis that’s quite a bit slimmer than the Voyage, Amazon’s last iteration of the popular Kindle line. It’s only part of the device, because what Amazon has done this time out is to make only a portion of the e-reader thinner. The other part stays wide to provide a hand grip of sorts which, it is claimed, will make the device easier to hold. So at its thinnest, the Oasis measures 0.13 in (3.4 mm), while at its thickest, it’s actually a wee bit bigger than the Voyager at 0.33 in (8.5 mm) versus that machine’s 0.3-in width (7.6 mm).

On the hand grip portion of the Oasis, Amazon has decided to include two buttons that can be used for page turning if you don’t like tapping on the screen to get the job done. This is a shift away from the page-press sensors in the Voyage, which allowed page turns to be activated by thumb pressure on the frame of the device, so it might be that Amazon didn’t get good feedback on that feature from Kindle fans.

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How We Consume Information

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January 18, 2016 · 8:49 am

History of eBooks – Infographic

The history of eBooks in an Infographic

40 years of ebooks (infographic) | Ebook Friendly

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Kindle – How Much is Amazon Making Per Device

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Amazon’s Kindle business is one of the more intriguing businesses in technology.

Amazon reveals almost nothing about its sales or profits, so we have to rely on the estimates of analysts. Scott Devitt at Morgan Stanley did his best to break it down, and he believes the Kindle business is highly profitable for Amazon.

He believes 34 percent of Amazon’s consolidated segment operating income is coming from the Kindle. In this chart, we break down where the money comes from. While Amazon loses money on each piece of hardware it sells, it makes money from advertising and digital media.

Amazon’s annual Kindle profit was $565 million last year, according to Devitt, so we’re not talking about an Apple-esque performance. He sees it jumping to $620 million this year.

 

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-how-much-money-amazon-is-making-from-the-kindle-2013-2

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Publishing: The Road Ahead | TechCrunch

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With the closing of Spin Magazine’s print edition alongside the failure of the print edition of Newsweek (not to mention the shuttering of countless newspapers and magazines around the world) you’d be hard-pressed to say that publishing -…

 

With the closing of Spin Magazine’s print edition alongside the failure of the print edition of Newsweek (not to mention the shuttering of countless newspapers and magazines around the world) you’d be hard-pressed to say that publishing – particularly in the news space – is doing well.

Add in the merger of Penguin and Random House – a Napster-esque move designed to stave off the vagaries of a non-collusive market – and you’ve got an even bleaker picture.

In short, after centuries of progress, the old method of transmitting information via the printed page – not to mention the publisher’s tendency to control content with an iron fist – is crumbling. In its place we have an entirely new system and regime, one ruled less by a central authority – the editors, publishers, and printers of yore – and now ruled by the mob.

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Tablet vs eReader

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This lens offers objective information that compares tablet computers (like the Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy) with dedicated e- reader devices (like the Kindle or Nook).

 

This lens offers objective information that compares tablet computers (like the Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy) with dedicated e-reader devices (like the Kindle or Nook). Each type of device has its own pros and cons, and the type of device that is better for you will depend on what you want from your personal electronics.

Below you will find an explanation of the basic (but important) differences between tables and ereaders, and then more detailed information about the most popular current devices. Mobile computing and reading is really an exiting new type of technology

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